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Letter to the editor: Kobach’s real goal

To the editor:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he wants to stop a million unregistered immigrants from voting illegally. I believe his real goal is winnowing out legal voters he doesn’t like. Here’s just some of the evidence.

1. Kobach got a law passed making it hard to register. At least 36,000 Kansan citizens were illegally disenfranchised until the courts intervened.

2. Kobach got another law passed letting him prosecute illegal voters. He found fewer than 10. Most or all of them had made honest mistakes.

3. Kobach runs an interstate computer program “Crosscheck” that allegedly detects illegal voters. It turned up a million duds but very few verified illegal voters. Thousands were illegally disenfranchised in other states.

4. The voters unfairly targeted by Kobach’s rules mainly belong to groups that tend to vote against Kobach’s political party.

5. Kobach cochaired a presidential commission on illegal voting. It was disbanded after a court suit because he refused to share information with commission members from the other party.

6. Kobach is a former law professor who presumably knows what every accepted academic study says: The numbers of illegal voters are tiny, while millions of citizens are being deprived of votes by various voting regulations.

7. Kobach opposes the Free State Elections Act, which will protect Kansas voting rights. (It’s now being considered in the Senate Ethics, Elections, and Local Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Elaine Bowers.)


Ken Lassman

Think about this as well: Congressional re-districting occurs typically the year after the national Census, which will take place in 2020. Last time around, it took around a year to get the information to the state and have them redraw the lines for the US House of Representatives boundaries, which was completed the following year. The results of this, when decided upon in the legislature (unlike the last time where the courts had to draw the lines because the state legislature fumbled the ball) THE GOVERNOR SIGNS OFF ON ANY PLAN.

What this means is that if Kobach is elected governor, he will preside over the ultimate vote suppession technology: drawing congressional boundaries! Gerrymandering has the greatest potential to disenfranchise voters of the minority party than any other tool available, and is fundamentally anti-democratic. It has gotten way out of hand and hopefully will be reined in a little bit by the courts. But do you want to trust a Governor Kobach to "do the right thing????"

3 weeks, 6 days ago


Charles L. Bloss, Jr.

In spite of Kobach's supposed mistakes, I still think we need a national voter ID law. It can be a driver's license, or state issued ID card.

3 weeks, 6 days ago


Carol Bowen

Right on target, as always, David. I was not aware of the Free State Elections Act. Thanks for that.

3 weeks, 6 days ago


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